RheumPAC FAQs

What is a PAC?

A political action committee is a group or legal entity formed to raise and contribute money to the campaigns of candidates whom they support. PACs are regulated by the Federal Election Commission.

What is RheumPAC?

RheumPAC is a political action committee dedicated to increasing rheumatology’s presence on Capitol Hill. It is the only PAC dedicated to the rheumatology profession. RheumPAC began in 2007 with the purpose of supporting the ACR in its efforts to build contacts, influence, and visibility within Washington, D.C. RheumPAC works to elect pro-rheumatology candidates and increases the ACR's access to members of Congress and the opportunity to educate them on issues of importance to rheumatology advocacy.

What issues does RheumPAC focus on?

RheumPAC focuses on the ACR's top public policy priorities set by the Government Affairs Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. Read ACR’s policy statements >

Who receives RheumPAC funds?

RheumPAC is non-partisan and therefore, gives to candidates of all political parties. The primary criteria used to determine RheumPAC support for a member of Congress are as follows:

  • The candidate supports rheumatology related issues, and
  • The candidate holds a leadership position or key committee assignment, or
  • The candidate was recommended by an ACR or ARHP member. 

See RheumPAC's supported House and Senate candidates for the 2016 election.

To recommend a federal candidate for RheumPAC support, please contact rheumpac@rheumatology.org.

Who approves RheumPAC contributions?

The RheumPAC committee which consists of ACR and ARHP members determines who receives RheumPAC contributions. Each committee member serves a three year term. All contributions made to candidates are researched, discussed, and voted on by the RheumPAC committee with guidance from ACR staff.

Can I direct contributions to only one political party?

All RheumPAC funds are pooled together to support candidates who can advance rheumatology in Washington. The RheumPAC committee gives close to equally between parties or in proportion to the makeup of Congress. Members of all affiliations have the ability to advance or hinder our issues, and RheumPAC instead pays close attention to committee assignments, seniority, and voting record.

Why should I contribute to RheumPAC?

Like it or not, what the government does and doesn't do has a direct impact on the way you run your practice and are paid for your services. RheumPAC assists the ACR in its advocacy efforts by helping to elect pro-rheumatology candidates to Congress. It also provides more opportunities to meet with champion members of Congress and educate them on rheumatology-related issues. Supporting candidates fosters relationships and ensures the ACR is in the game when discussing important health care issues. All rheumatology professionals benefit when the ACR is involved. RheumPAC makes these opportunities possible.

How can I contribute to RheumPAC?

You can contribute online any time, when you renew your ACR or ARHP membership, or download a contribution form and mail in a personal check. Any contribution, big or small, makes a difference. Do your part and invest today.